The theme of "Lost and Found" in the humanities relates to many areas of intellectual and disciplinary inquiry: foreign languages, history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, and rhetoric. Many of the foundational figures and critical texts of our present age were once lost to scholars. Aristotle, for instance, was "lost" to the West until he was "revived" by various scholars and translators in the Medieval period. Texts such as the Gnostic Gospels and early Christian writings that were key to the formation of contemporary Christianity were "lost," too. They were only to be rediscovered by historians and archaeologists of religion in the Modern period. In addition to philosophers, texts and traditions, we have "lost" and "found" technologies — arches, concrete, and systems for thinking and writing were all rediscovered decades or centuries after they were first developed by people of the ancient world.
The Lost and Found Humanities Lecture Series will rediscover figures, texts, traditions and technologies of our present age, and enrich our understanding of those we've lost (or lost sight of). Our lectures and panels will explore lost Utopias and found artifacts; they will revisit and revise scholarly methods; they will re-examine myths and uncover new ways of approaching archives and history.
For additional information about any of the Humanities lectures, call 717.815.1349.